The Cat’s Whiskers – And The Dog’s Too!

The Cat's Whiskers - And The Dog's Too!

Ever wondered why your pet has Whiskers – what they are for and what do they do?

Whiskers are a type of hair found on a number of mammals, they are typically characterised by their length. You will find them on cats, dogs, mice and rats as well as other mammals.

Tactile Vibrissae is another name given to these long hairs which grow around the muzzle, jaws and eyebrows and which are used as tactile organs.

These hairs are different to other hairs on your pets body because they are thicker and stiffer and more deeply implanted. The follicles at the base of these hairs are packed with blood and nerve rich endings which allow the vibrissae to work like antennas that are hugely sensitive.

Dogs and Cats don’t need to make full contact with surfaces to know that they are there. The vibrissae are also an early warning system that allows your pet to navigate, especially at night.

They provide an awareness of both size and shape that prevents your pet from colliding with objects that may damage it’s eyes or face, because vibrations travel down the hair follicle and send messages to the sensory parts of the brain.

The Whiskers also make your pet aware of blind spots and changes happening around them, as they can pick up slight differences in air currents which can alert them to any coming dangers. In cats, the whiskers also detect movement even when they are in hot pursuit which makes them such amazing hunters.

Cats also have special sensory organs at the ends of their whiskers that give them information about their own body and limbs and this, along with their vision, helps them make such death defying leaps from one place to another. If you trim a cat’s whiskers, they often will become disoriented and have trouble moving around.

Cutting a cat’s whiskers is like cutting off the ends of our fingers, and even though the whiskers will often grow back, they should never be cut.

Your Pets Are Just Amazing And Deserve The Very Best Of Care!!

Scamps and Champs offer a range of pet care services which are designed to support you and your pet.

Whether you need dog walking, pet visits, day care or home boarding we are here for you, and we work around your shift patterns, shopping days or get togethers. Discounts and packages available.

We also offer a fabulous range of Vet approved and Specialised Pet Food.

Call now on 0333 200 5827

The Year of the Staycation – 2020

Pet Sitting Staycation 2020

It has come to that time of year when the sun is shining, nights are longer and summer holidays are being booked and planned. With Covid-19 still affecting travel and holidays- this year is the perfect time to explore your home country and have a staycation!

Your 2020 Staycation

Although this year may have disrupted some of your original summer holiday plans, there is no reason you can’t venture to another part of the UK and make it the holiday of a lifetime. Take a beach holiday to the coast; explore the countryside or an adventure in the mountains, wherever your staycation takes you, use the time to appreciate your home country.

Who doesn’t love a summer holiday? Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a busy family holiday, find time to escape reality and the home you have been in throughout lockdown and have a change of scenery. Enjoy your time away by having a non-stop active holiday or a relaxing one, and don’t worry about a thing!

Our Pet Sitting Services

Whilst you embark on your holiday adventures, whether it’s to the coast, mountains or countryside, take the time to be worry free, unwind and relax while we look after your pets.

Not only can you relax once on your holiday, but also beforehand by not having to worry about asking your family, friends, or a kennel to look after your pets.

When you go away, we can keep your pet relaxed in the comfort of your own home whilst being looked after, because Scamps and Champs offer a pawsome pet sitting service! We have a range of experienced pet sitters who will take excellent care of your pets, keeping them in your own home, allowing them to remain in familiar surroundings and ensuring that all of your pet’s usual routines are maintained.

When looking after your beloved pets, we can visit as many times a day as you need or stay overnight if you prefer, depending on your furry-friends’ individual needs. We complete feedback reports after every single visit, to update you and allow you complete peace of mind. These reports will include updates and photos.

In addition, all visits are tracked by GPS to again reassure you that your beloved pets are receiving the service we promise.

If you are looking to go away on a staycation Scamps and Champs Chichester can look after your pets. Check out our Puppy Sitting Service. If you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to contact Scamps & Champs Chichester for further support and advice by emailing chichester@scampsandchamps.co.uk, calling our Branch Manager Sarah Young on 07931 526514 or contacting us via our Facebook Page.

Whаt Iѕ A Hаіrbаll And Hоw Tо Get Rіd Of Them

What is a hairball

Hаіrbаllѕ are balled tufts оf hair thаt form in уоur саt’ѕ dіgеѕtіvе trасt аftеr grooming ѕеѕѕіоnѕ. Fеlіnе tongues have hооk-lіkе fеаturеѕ that trар loose, рrеvіоuѕlу ѕhеd hаіr. Whеn your cat ѕwаllоwѕ thе fur, іt trаvеlѕ tо іtѕ ѕtоmасh аnd is nоt digested.

Evеrу cat owner knоwѕ about hаіrbаllѕ. Evеrу саt has them at ѕоmе роіnt, especially long-haired brееdѕ like thе Persian оr Hіmаlауаn ones. Since all felines suffer frоm thіѕ аt ѕоmе роіnt, еvеry саt owner ѕhоuld knоw hоw tо dеаl wіth thе problem.

Hairballs occur bесаuѕе cats frеԛuеntlу grооm themselves with thеіr tongues. Aѕ a result, they еnd uр ѕwаllоwіng a lot оf thеіr hаіr. Usually, thе hair dоеѕn’t gеt bunched together аnd is еvеntuаllу just раѕѕеd іn thе саt’ѕ ѕtооl. Other times, іt ассumulаtеѕ nеаr thе thrоаt оr іn thе uрреr dіgеѕtіvе trасt; in mоѕt cases, a cat wіll еіthеr cough uр a hairball оf vomit іt оut.

Most саtѕ hаvе trouble wіth removing hairballs. If thе саt саnnоt get them up, іt can gеt іntо the intestines аnd саuѕе a blосkаgе. Thіѕ is lіfе-thrеаtеnіng tо the pet. If уоur саt seems to bе соnѕtіраtеd, іt may bе a ѕіgn of оbѕtruсtіоn.

 If thе cat іѕ lеthаrgіс аnd hіѕ соаt is dull аnd unhеаlthу looking, thіѕ tоо may be a ѕіgn. Wаtсh that he eats аѕ hе uѕuаllу dоеѕ. If not, уоu should саll аnd tаkе him tо see the vеt who will thеn find out іf it is a hаіrbаll, аnd then hе’ll remove it.

Grооmіng уоur fеlіnе уоurѕеlf wіll mіnіmіzе the problem оf hairballs. Pеt shops sell ѕресіаlіzеd bruѕhеѕ thаt ѕіmulаtе the tеxturе оf a саt’ѕ tоnguе. In mоѕt саѕеѕ, уоur саt wіll ѕtіll self-groom, but bу dоіng muсh of thе grооmіng yourself, уоu can gеt rіd of excess fеlіnе hаіr and lеѕѕеn thе аmоunt of hаіr thаt your саt ѕwаllоwѕ. In ѕоmе саѕеѕ, whеn groomed rеlіgіоuѕlу еnоugh, саtѕ have bееn known tо stop ѕеlf-grооmіng altogether.

Thе lоng-hаіrеd саt nееdѕ to bе соmbеd аnd bruѕhеd еасh dау to rеmоvе еxсеѕѕ hаіr. If you ѕtаrt to grооm him whеn hе іѕ ѕtіll уоung, hе wіll lеаrn tо tоlеrаtе it. Hе mау even look forward tо bеіng groomed. Sоmе саtѕ will bring thеіr соmbѕ tо thеіr оwnеrѕ also. If he doesn’t lіkе tо bе grооmеd, use a grooming glоvе instead.

If thе саt still ѕееmѕ to hаvе trоublе with hairballs, уоu саn add dіеtаrу аіdѕ tо hіѕ dіеt. Onе оf these is a dry саt food that can hеlр to prevent hairballs. Don’t juѕt buy thе fіrѕt bаg оf thе fоrmulа that уоu fіnd. Make ѕurе it іѕ still a gооd quality fооd for your реt, оnе thаt іѕ hіgh іn рrоtеіn and оthеr nutrients.

If уоur саt hаѕ a hаіrbаll, you can ѕhор for thе gel thаt can bе аddеd tо thе fооd, whісh wіll hеlр thе hаіrbаll tо раѕѕ. Mаkе ѕurе tо tаlk tо уоur vet bеfоrе uѕіng оnе of these hairball rеmеdіеѕ for long реrіоdѕ, thоugh.

Yоu can trу ѕоmе of thе more nаturаl rеmеdіеѕ as wеll, but уоu ѕhоuld еnѕurе they аrе okay with your vet first. Sоmе will асtuаllу cause уоur реt dіѕсоmfоrt оr wіll rеmоvе еѕѕеntіаl nutrіеntѕ frоm hіѕ bоdу. Thеѕе include ѕuсh things as рumрkіn, mineral оіlѕ, аnd even butter. If your саt соntіnuеѕ to have trоublе with hairballs, tаlk tо your vеt аbоut what you ѕhоuld dо tо improve thіѕ.

Fіnаllу, Yоu саn аlѕо рurсhаѕе certain types оf саt fооd thаt hаvе a hаіrbаll control remedy. Thеѕе рrоduсtѕ аrе nоt a tоtаl answer but mау gіvе a slight rеduсtіоn іn hairball buіld-uр. Onе ѕоlutіоn thаt ѕееmѕ tо wоrk fоr some саt owners is рuttіng a dіgеѕtіblе oil оn the tорѕ оf thе саt’ѕ paws. Whеthеr уоu do іt to thе frоnt раwѕ only, оr bоth back аnd front feet, the cat wіll lick off the оіl. They dоn’t like thе feel of іt оn thеіr fееt, and іn thе ѕtоmасh, іt еndѕ uр as a coating thаt makes thе fur ѕоmеwhаt dіgеѕtіblе. You саn use оlіvе оіl or саnоlа оіl, but mоѕt сооkіng оіlѕ wіll work juѕt as wеll.

Professional Pet Sitter In Cardiff

Professional Pet Sitting - Cardiff

Hi my name is Katrina and I own Scamps & Champs in Cardiff.  

Although I am based in Cardiff I also provide my cat/pet sitting service in Penarth, Sully and Barry.

I hold a Diploma in Canine Psychology and I have been fully trained in Canine CPR and first aid. I have shared my life and home with dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, parakeets and tropical fish, but I have a particularly soft spot for older pets and rescue animals.

At Scamps & Champs Cardiff we provide pet sitting for cats, rabbits, parrots, puppies, a real wide range of animals.

This is beautiful Dottie, she loves to eat, explore, chase toy mice and settle in your lap for a snooze

Cat Sitting - Cardiff
Dottie

This is the fabulous Leo, master mouse catcher. This picture does not do him justice

Cat Sitting - Cardiff
Leo

I will always make sure the pets have enough food, give fresh water, clean litter trays/cages/hutches if required and give lots of fuss and attention.

I can come and do puppy visits if you want to get a new puppy but are out at work all day.  

I am DBS checked, fully insured with Pet Business Insurance and have extensive references.

If you are looking for a professional, reliable pet/cat sitter in Cardiff and Barry then look no further.

Click here to book a Pet Sitter in Cardiff, Penarth, Sully & Barry.    I look forward to meeting you and your pets.

Will You Visit My Cat Every Other Day?

The answer to this question is no and the reasons why we don’t do every other day cat visits are below.

Cats in general can be very independent, they give and receive affection on their terms, play only when they feel like it, if at all but as independent as they may seem they still need supervision.

Some people think that leaving their cat alone with only a pet visit every other day and an automatic cat feeder will be okay.

A cat left home alone for more than a day at a time could lead to tragedy.  To ensure your cats safety, Scamps & Champs does not offer every other day cat visits for the following reasons:-

Your Cat Could Get Ill

Cats can become very unwell, very quickly as we have experienced.   Swift action can be taken by your pet sitter to take your cats to the vets for emergency treatment.   A visit 48 hours later may well be too late.

Your Cat May Become Injured

Accidents can and do happen.  A cat left unsupervised for more than 24 hours increases the risk of an injury.  Your cat could injure themselves after the pet sitter has visited but would then have to wait 48 hours for her to return causing them unnecessary pain and suffering before being able to get them veterinary treatment.

The Automatic Pet Feeder May Malfunction

Again this something we have experienced where an automatic pet feeder has not opened at the time it was scheduled to.   Your cat would be extremely hungry having to wait 48 hours for their next meal.

Your Cat Could Become Trapped

Another of our experiences. We arrived at a client’s house and the cat didn’t come to greet us as she normally did.  After hunting all around the house, we discovered that the cleaner had locked her in a bedroom.   Imagine we hadn’t found her for another 48 hours, we would have had an extremely distressed, very hungry and thirsty cat, not to mention the damage done to the client’s bedroom.  A daily visit by a professional pet sitter will ensure your cat remains safe.

Your Cat Could Run Out Of Water

We have visited cats where they have managed to upturn their water dish. Even the sturdiest of bowls can be flipped over. Your cat would have no access to fresh water for 48 hours.

We have had lots of different experiences over the last eight years and because of what we have learned, we will not offer pet visits every other day for the safety of your cats.   Leaving your cats home alone without a pet visit every day to check on them just doesn’t make sense when you consider the potential risks.Scamps & Champs daily cat visitswill ensure the safety of your pet and provide them with care, love and attention while you are away providing you with peace of mind. To ask us a question, make an enquiry or booking, simply compl

Hiring a Cat Sitter in Bristol

It can be a difficult decision to leave your cats when you take a holiday or go away with work. It may not be possible, or you may not want to keep asking a friend, neighbour or relative to cat sit for you. Your cat may not enjoy going to a cattery.

Another option is to hire use our Cat Sitting Service and hire a professional Bristol cat sitter.

What does a Bristol Cat Sitter Do?

A Bristol cat sitter will take care of your cat in your own home allowing your cat to stay in their own familiar surroundings. At Scamps & Champs Bristol a cat sitter will listen to you and provide a bespoke service according to your requirements. A Bristol cat sitter will visit your cat as many times as you would like during the day to feed your cat, change litter trays, give fresh water, and medications if required, with all the fuss and attention that your cat deserves.

Your cat sitter can also draw the curtains, turn your lights on and off, bring in any post and put the bins out giving your home that lived in look when you are not at home.

Using pet sitter software your cat sitter will send you updates at least daily. Photographs will be sent allowing you the comfort of knowing that your cats are being well looked after and are happy and relaxed at home.

How Many Times Will You Visit?

Your cat will be visited as many times during the day as you would like. If your cat is an inside cat, then you may feel once a day is enough. If your cat likes to go outside and hasn’t got access to a cat flap, we can visit in the morning and let your cat outside after feeding and then visit at teatime to let them back in again. If your cat is elderly or likes a lot of company more frequent visits may be preferable to check on your cat and give your cat companionship.

What if my cat doesn’t like new people?

A visit once a day may be enough if your cat is shy and timid. A cat sitter will always take the time to get to know your cat but only give affection if it is welcomed. If they don’t want affection or us to play with them, we will give them the space they need. We usually find that once they realise we are coming to feed them, they start to relax more and get used to us.

How Much Does A Bristol Cat Sitter Cost?

The price for cat sitting depends on how many visits and how many cats you have but visits start at £8.00 for 1-2 cats.

For a detailed quotation, please contact us for further information.

Scamps & Champs Bristol provide cat sitting services in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

All of our pet sitters are vetted, insured and DBS checked. Scamps & Champs Bristol are members of the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters and the Pet Industry Federation. Contact Scamps & Champs via our online form, to check availability and make a booking. Learn more about our Cat Sitting Service by visiting the Scamps & Champs Website.

Hiring a Cat Sitter in Stockport

Having to leave your cats while you are away on holiday or going away for work can be a difficult decision. You may not want to keep asking friends, family or neighbours and your cat may not enjoy going to the local cattery. An alternative to this is hiring a professional Stockport cat sitter.

What Does A Stockport Cat Sitter Do?

A Stockport cat sitter will take care of your cat in your own home. Your cat can stay in their own familiar surroundings. Your cat sitter will visit during the day, as many times as you require to feed your cat, change litter trays, give fresh water, medications if required and lots of fuss and attention.

Your cat sitter can also draw your curtains, bring in any post, put out recycle bins and turn lights on and off giving your home that lived-in look.

Your Stockport cat sitter will send daily updates with photographs so you can relax on holiday knowing your cats are relaxed and happy at home.

How Many Times Will You Visit?

We can visit your cat as many times during the day as you require. If your cat is an inside cat, then you may feel once a day is sufficient. If your cat likes to go outside and hasn’t got access to a cat flap, we can visit in the morning and let your cat outside after feeding and then visit at teatime to let them back in again. More elderly cats may benefit from extra visits throughout the day to check on them and provide companionship.  

What if my cat doesn’t like new people?

If your cat is very shy and timid, a visit once per day will usually be sufficient. We will always take the time to get to know your cat but only give affection if it is welcomed.  If they don’t want affection or us to play with them, we will give them the space they need. We usually find that once they realise we are coming to feed them, they start to relax more and get used to us.

How Much Does A Stockport Cat Sitter Cost?

Cat sitting prices can vary depending on how many visits and how many cats you have but visits start at £8.00 for 1-2 cats.   For a detailed quotation, please contact us for further information.

Scamps & Champs Stockport provide cat sitting services around Stockport, Bredbury, Marple, Woodley, Romiley, Reddish, Bramhall, Davenport, Cale Green, Offerton, Heaton Moor, Heaton Mersey and Heaton Norris.

All of our pet sitters are vetted, insured and DBS checked.

Scamps & Champs Stockport are members of the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters and the Pet Industry Federation.

Contact Scamps and Champs via our online form, to check availability and make a booking. Learn more about our Cat Sitting Service by visiting the Scamps and Champs Website.

Pet Sitting & House Sitting in Chichester & Bognor Regis – Let us Keep a Light on!

We all know that our pets love the comforts of their own home.  They can become even more anxious when taken out of their territory and much prefer to be looked after in their own home, within their familiar surroundings.

That’s where Scamps and Champs in Chichester can assist you.  If you are going away and you would like your pet to stay in the comfort of your own home whilst being looked after, then Scamps and Champs Chichester offer a pawsome pet sitting service!

Our Chichester pet sitting service is often for people who are:

  • worried about asking family or friends,
  • don’t want to put their pets in a kennel or cattery 
  • are looking for a reliable, professional pet sitting service.

Our Chichester pet sitting service will include all of things you might expect, with the extra special touches that only comes from our Scamps and Champs premium pet sitting service.

Whilst you are away, one of our experienced pet sitters will take excellent care of your pets in your own home. We will ensure that all of your pet’s usual routines are maintained, with additional loving companionship included.

We can visit your pets as many times a day as you need or stay overnight if you prefer, depending on your furry-friends individual needs. After every visit we then send you a feedback report which updates you on the visit and includes photos of your pets enjoying their time with their new pet sitter pal.

If would prefer that your pet stays in your own home while you are away, our overnight pet and house-sitting service would be perfect for you.  One of our fully insured and police checked pet sitters will stay overnight at your house and will take care of your pet’s according to your exact requirements.

We insist that you meet the pet sitter in advance so that you and your pets are fully satisfied.

Alternatively, our pet sitters can stay at your property with your pet(s) for a minimum of 20 hours per day.

Why choose Chichester Pet & House Sitting?

  • Our pet sitting service helps ensure your home is protected from security risks. We can bring in your post and close the curtains in the evening.
  • Scamps and Champs pet sitters provide their own food and drink and only use appliances in your home with prior permission.

What does our Service Include?

  • Overnight stays start between 5.30pm – 7.30pm and finish 12 hours later.
  • Morning and evening walks for dogs.
  • Book online and pay online.
  • GPS check in and check out feature, for your peace of mind.
  • Shutting your curtains for you,
  • Watering your thirsty plants,
  • Turning lights off and generally keeping your house safe for you whilst you are away.

Additional visits can be arranged to accommodate toilet breaks, an extra walk or feed during the day. Please contact us via our online form for further information or to book our services.

Chichester Scamps and Champs will always go that extra mile to ensure your pet is happy, content and looked after. You want your pet to be cared for, relaxed and comfortable within your own home or with one of our selected Chichester pet sitters; We do to!

Whilst you are away we will send you photographs of your pets using our own Pet Sitting Software so that you can see how they are getting on at home and keep up to date with what they are up to, so you can enjoy your trip away knowing your pets are happy and safe.

Our personal approach and real love of animals will make your pet feel safe and secure in our care.  We are fully insured, DBS checked and completely committed to your animals’ welfare.

Please do give me or one of our enthusiastic team a call or drop us an email.  Our number is a national number and there is always someone ready to answer your call.

All messages are passed onto me personally and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

For more information please visit our website Chichester Scamps and Champs If you feel we could offer their many dog-walking and pet-sitting service please do get in touch.

Cat Sitting High Maintenance or Low Maintenance?

People often decide to get a cat as they don’t have time for a dog and they are out all day, but is this hypothesis correct? People often think that cats don’t need much attention or care and that they simply need a meal providing twice a day, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. Whilst it’s true that cats don’t need walking daily and they are able to go to the toilet inside using a litter tray, this does not subsequently mean that cats are ‘low maintenance.’

Often cat owners will go away for a night or two, or even on holiday and leave there cats alone with a large bowl of food and water and assume that their feline friend will be alright. Cat sitting in this instance seems pretty straight forward! However, this assumption neglects to identify the sensitive creatures that cats are and how much they crave fuss and attention.

Whilst it is true that cats are extremely territorial and prefer to be at home, it is fair to say the ultimate cat combination, is to be at home with company. If this company can’t be you and you are away then you need a cat sitter. A cat sitter can come into the comfort of your own home and ensure your cat is fed at regular intervals, has fresh water and cat litter, let outside for fresh air if required and best of all have a thorough friendly fussing.

Scamps and Champs cat sitters are all DBS checked providing you with reassurance in allowing them into your home to cat sit for you. They all have experience in animal care and most of them have pets (often multiple) of their own, so they know exactly how you feel going away and leaving your cat at home with a sitter. All of our staff are really friendly and caring and thoroughly enjoy looking after your pets for you.

Hiring one of our cat sitters means you have the peace of mind of having your cat and your home checked on simultaneously and most importantly your loving high-maintenance kitty will have everything they could possibly need, whilst remaining the king of their own castle, whilst their humans are on holiday!

To check availability of our cat sitting services in your local area, to ask us a question or make a booking please complete our online form.